Pokémon GO

Zadnjih tjedan dana svijetom vlada euforija skupljanja pokemona. I jednostavno mi ne možete reći da i vas nije zahvatila, pogotovo ne nakon službenog izlaska Pokemon GOa u Lijepoj Našoj. Ne, jednostavno vam ne vjerujem ako kažete da ih ne skupljate. Mkay, možda ipak spadate u manjinu čovječanstva (ajde, vlasnika Android i iOS uređaja) koje ih ne skuplja, ali kakve su vjerojatnosti za to?:)

U biti, htjedoh se malo osvrnuti na bljezgarije u tekstu Nemojte umisliti da ste kreativni jer igrate Pokemone. Oni su isto što i turska sapunica. Svaka čast autorici i njenoj kolumni. Njen tekst Smrtni grijeh Željke Markić je jednom riječju SAVRŠENSTVO😀 Ali kad je riječ o pokemonima, odnosno Pokemon GOu, vidi se da igru nije ni pokrenula, ali je jako pametna.

Znači, priča kaže sledeće:

Već se u samom naslovu vidi da priča pizdarije. Nitko, ali baš nitko nije rekao da je igranje Pokemon GOa kreativno, nego da je prednost igre u tome da potiče na kretanje. Em kretanje i kreativnost nisu isto, em time što je navedena jedna prednost nije rečeno da igra nema nikakvih mana. Iskreno, ne znam otkud je izvukla kreativnost. Koji idiot je rekao da je igra u kojoj više-manje sve dobiješ na pladnju kreativna?!

Nakon pročitanih članka o dječaku odnosno djevojci koji su na različitim mjestima i u različito vrijeme nastradali na identičan način – igrajući Pokemon Go, sanjala sam kako provaljujem u skladište Caritasa u potrazi za igračkama Pokemon koje sam (u stvarnosti) poklonila prije par godina, unatoč nećkanju mog mlađeg djeteta.“- ne, za te nezgode nije kriva igra, nego “dječak i djevojka”. Isto tako za nijednu nesreću tijekom igranja Pokemona nije kriva igra (osim ako ti aplikacija nije pokvarila mob) nego igrači, odnosno levati koji ili previše ozbiljno shvaćaju igru ili se previše zadube u nju. Najlakše je okriviti drugog, pogotovo kad taj drugi ni nije čovjek, nego jedna “sotonska” igra, ali ne. Ljudi su napravili tu igru, ljudi je igraju, ljudi su svjesna bića, a ne igra; odnosno čovjek treba paziti, a ne igra koja je namijenjena za zabavu (na 99% video igara se zarađuje kao i 99% drugih oblika zabave, tako da u tom pogledu Pokemoni nisu ništa posebno; ni legići nisu besplatni pa nisam čuo za “LEGO krajnji cilj”😮 ).

Dakle, igrajmo se, ali budimo takvih stvari svjesni. Kad su u pitanju naša maloljetna djeca, budimo dvostruko svjesni. I prometa, zlonamjernih ljudi, ovisnosti i gubitka privatnosti. – a šta će šmrkavcu pametnjaković od mobitela ili tableta?!

Naime, kako stoji u hrvatskoj inačici vodiča: “Pokémoni se najčešće pojavljuju na frekventnim lokacijama – parkovima, popularnim turističkim odredištima, šoping-centrima, benzinskim postajama.” Divljina i seoski ambijent im baš ne prijaju, osim u slučaju koji ću spomenuti na kraju osvrta. – ovo je najveći misteriji! Ma kako to da su naseljeni prostori najbolje pokriveni GPS-om?! I to kako baš nas Hrvate zadesi ovakva nesreća?! Skandinavci su sigurno prekrili cijelu Laponiju. Jebeš ti i Stockholm, i Göthebourg i Malmö i Oslo i Bergen i Helsinki i Turku, kad međedi u Laponiji trebaju GPS do špilje!

Inače, zadnjih nekoliko dana su pokemoni bili tema vodećih hrvatskih informativnih portala Sprdexa i News Bara:) Evo nekoliko novosti vezanih za pokemone:

Iz Slavonije za Njemačku otišla puna tri autobusa Pokémona
Vlada pronašla način kako zadržati mlade u zemlji: Kupujemo milijun Pokemona!
NIKAD VIĐENO: Penzioner se u tramvaju vozio uz otvorene prozore (uzrok “nikad viđenog” je onix)
Policija ulovila 8 rijetkih Pokémona u Donjem Srbu
USKOK izbacio Kradémon GO: Ulovi sve HDZ-ovce i pošalji ih u Remetinec

P.S. MORAŠ SKUPIT SVE!😀


Objavljeno 18. VII. 2016. poslijepodne u 5:12

Brexit

It’s been over a week since Britain’s “historic” vote to leave the EU and I’ve been reading shit about Brexit (Brexit Vol. I, of course😉 ) on local, British and international portals, so I’m gonna say a few words about it.

I’ll start the post by saying that I’ve never understood Euroscepticism. I simply don’t understand how people don’t realize that only a united Europe has any chance of survival in the global world. I mean, even the biggest European countries like Germany and France (and the UK) are nothing alone compared to the USA, Russia, China… True, colonial influence of former colonial powers like France, Spain (and the UK) is still present, but it’s gradually being extinguished and not being part of the EU ain’t gonna stop the process or make it any slower. We’re living in the 21st century for God’s sake! And now… Seeing what repercussions Brexit caused both at home and abroad in just a few hours after the results of the referendum, a referendum that hasn’t even been ratified by the British parliament yet; Eurosceptics actually think Brexit has worked in their favour (as can be seen in appeals of “Frexit”, “Nexit”, and whatever other “exit”)… No offence people (Eurosceptics), but you’re just idiots.

What gets on my nerves is the EU saying that the will of the British people has to be respected. What will is that?! The results were in favour of leave by meagre 2%! If the referendum was held a few hours earlier or later, it’s possible that the results would be in favour of remain by meagre 2%! On top of that, the UK is a complexed… kingdom made of 4 countries and many territories. Out of those 4 countries, just 2 – England and Wales – voted to leave and the only British territory within the EU (i.e. Gibraltar) voted overwhelmingly to remain (more than 90%!). In addition, despite being in England, London voted overwhelmingly to remain. The other day I asked a guy in Star Wars: The Old Republic where he was from. He said the UK. Then I asked him what country and he said the Republic of London😀 Most of those who did vote leave were old farts living in the 1950s (or before) who don’t give a shit about anyone, but themselves and couldn’t care less how people are going to live when they’re dead (which ain’t in a distant future). Now, I don’t want to insult old people. I know there are many honourable elderly man and women who care about future generations and those very likely did not vote leave but, sadly, the above described selfishness is a typical “pensioner” behaviour. And now that selfishness has taken toll the British (youth). So tell me again, what was the will of the British people?! In addition, leave campaigners won their votes on lies as has been admitted by that asshole Nigel Farage only hours after the results came in.

Another thing that really gets on my nerves is influential EU people, like the Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy or the French president François Hollande saying that Scotland has no right to remain in the EU because they “came with the UK and the must leave with the UK”. It simply eludes me how they can’t put their imperialistic views aside for just a moment in the spirit of European unity. And Scotland (and Gibraltar and Northern Ireland) have every right to remain in the EU. Guess Rajoy, Hollande and their kind should be remind of the Danish Realm, which is made of Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland. Only Denmark is an EU member. It’s interesting that Greenland was an EU member, but voted to leave while Denmark remained in the EU. In other words, “Greenland came with Denmark and left on its own”. So couldn’t the same rule be applied to the UK?! England and Wales voted to leave; others did not. Another good example is Finland. Upon joining the EU, two separate referendums were held in Finland – one on the mainland and the other on Åland Islands. The results of both referendums were in favour of joining the EU, but if one of those (especially the one in Åland) wasn’t in favour of joining, either Åland or mainland Finland wouldn’t be part of the EU.

I would like to apologize in advance to Brits who might find my following words as “mingling” in their internal affairs. Actually, screw you, no one is forcing you to read this post, let alone do a shit about it😛
So what can the UK do to keep the territorial integrity? I think the smartest thing for the UK would be to drop the whole thing because the referendum isn’t obligatory and because of the “first thing that goes on my nerves”😉 Another option is for England and Wales to leave the EU and for Gibraltar, Scotland and Northern Ireland to remain. True, the remain vote won meagrely in Northern Ireland just as the leave vote won meagrely in the UK as a whole, but Northern Ireland is a special case because of being… well Ireland😀 It is quite unclear how Brexit is gonna affect the freedom of movement between the Republic of Ireland (an EU member) and Northern Ireland (UK) though I guess diplomacy is going to work its wonders here. Furthermore, despite being divided between the Republic of Ireland and the UK, Ireland was “united” through the EU. Basically, the EU served to appease both the Irish unionists nationalists, but now… In addition, in this case, the British parliament should consider granting London a special status (e.g. like Moscow and St. Petersburg have in Russia) to allow Londoners, who overwhelmingly voted remain, to remain in the EU. That could actually appease many leavers in England and Wales because they themselves wouldn’t be in the EU, but their kingdom would at least partly be in the EU, meaning they’d have some say in the EU, especially if their capital city were in the EU. Finally, the British could hold emergency general elections where there would be parties in favour of adopting the results of the referendum no matter how slim they were and parties in favour of dropping the whole thing. Hopefully, people have come to their senses and can vote clear headedly now.
Alternately, UKIP will go down in history as being a party that hmm… “divided” the United Kingdom and David Cameron will go down in history as a prime minister who made it possible:)


Posted on 2nd July 2016 at 11:54 GMT
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What Star Wars has become

I guess I’ve been going on the nerves of quite a few people referring to “Disney’s” Star Wars as abomination and to Disney themselves as the Rat.

At first, I just wanted to expand my previous post with a sentence or two, but then I realized those sentences would be better as a new post:)

Anyway, without further ado, I’m going to make a few points here to (try to) show you how retarded the “new Star Wars” is; that it really is an abomination and that Disney (Mickey Mouse) does deserve to be called the Rat.

One thing before, though: I don’t have a personal issue with Disney. As I said in the previous post, Star Wars could have been sold to McDonald’s for all I care, as long as it wasn’t turned into this farce.

Let’s take a look at a spinning lightsaber, introduced in 2014 in Star Wars Rebels and, thus, being canon (as you can clearly see on Wookieepedia‘s article about the weapon), mkay? This description of the weapon was taken from Wookieepedia (on 28 May 2016):

It could also be used to fly, spinning in a propeller-like motion strong enough to lift the wielder off the ground. This was often used as a way to escape. – let me get this straight, a lightsaber (aka laser sword) “is able” to produce energy strong enough to lift someone of the ground by spinning [frankly, it’s a total mystery to me how a laser beam can produce any kind of (kinetic) energy, spinning or being still; but, hell, that’s just me and my generation that was thought basics of physics in (primary) school:) ]. Now what the bloody fuck?!

Speaking of a spinning lightsaber, there’s always the question why such a sophisticated weapon would be used by mere inquisitors and not the mighty Sith Lords😮

Similarly, The Force Awakens itself is full of such crap. I’m just going to mention three most obvious pathetic stupidities that people often overlook in the whole movie experience.

There is Starkiller Base. What’s Starkiller Base? It’s a superweapon power by a star. To fire a single shot it needs to suck a star (i.e. its sun) dry and we saw it in the movie being used a few times (i.e. firing multiple shots). So it sucks its sun dry, then a short time afterwards, it sucks the sun dry again and fires another shot. Note that it would take a star bloody aeons at best to replenish itself after being sucked dry. There is also the “mystery of its construction”. How could such a weapon be built in secrecy by an organization that’s pretty much a terrorist cell?! The galaxy’s wide, they managed to conceal it’s construction in the Unknown Regions? Mkay… Now I only wonder how such an organization managed to finance the construction of such a superweapon (I guess building the thing wasn’t cheap…)😮 You see how retarded the concept of Starkiller Base is:)

Now, there is a fight between Kylo Ren and Finn. A mighty sith almost bested by a storm trooper at a lightsaber duel?! In other words, a swordsman mage with years of experience of wielding a sword almost bested at a sword fight by a commoner who wielded a sword for the first time… Now tell me that ain’t just idiotic! …and there’s Kylo’s wannabe crossguard lightsaber.

Speaking of stormtroopers, there’s the recruitment of stormtroopers by the First Order, a 30year old organization (yes, a terrorist cell) at most recruits their soldiers by taking the children and drilling them into stormtroopers from the earliest age. And in those 30 years (tops) they managed to create one of the biggest if not the biggest army in the galaxy. And, again, they managed to do it under the nose of the New Republic. Well, I must say that either the First Order is really that good or the New Republic is that incompetent. Now, both of those cases would make a bad story, right? So the First Order’s stormtrooper recruitment is quite similar to how the old Jedi Order had filled their ranks up. The difference is that the Jedi hadn’t had to hide their recruitment from anyone (hell, the Republic – the most powerful government in the galaxy at the time – even endorsed their recruitment); they had never been an army and their ranks had always been relatively small and, most importantly, they had been recruiting like that for hundreds of generations… and they had ever never reached the scale the First Order “had” …in just a few decades. Hmm… I know! Maybe the First Order inherited (all…) their stormtroopers, and with them the recruitment system, from the Empire! Yeah, about that… Since an Imperial academy appeared in that Saturday morning cartoon Star Wars: Rebels, Imperial academies have officially become canon. That’s how the Empire recruited their forces …and, suffice it to say, although young, they were older than 4. And the First Order should have had difficulty then establishing (that efficient) academies of their own because, yes, they’re not much more than a big terrorist cell.

In conclusion, I hope you see that the whole franchise has been turned into a children’s show. Let the kids have their cartoons, but making a cartoon (e.g. Star Wars: Rebels) canon while removing more mature works from canon… In addition, introducing naive illogical crap into the main saga…


Posted on May 28th, 2016 at 12:39 GMT
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Open letter

Recently Chuck Wendig, a Star Wars author wrote an open letter in response to fans trashing him, well officially in response to the “harsh” behaviour of the fans because the Rat has pretty-much destroyed Star Wars, but he was bloody silent until someone showed his latest books (Aftermath) the finger and shared the pic. You can, also, read the letter here.

11220813_1056906227731127_1912224149250186638_nAftermath and the finger

Anyway, this is my “open letter”:

“…now there are new movies and new books (ahem, Aftermath), and they either ignore the Expanded Universe stories or they pick ideas and characters from them to use now or later.” – I seriously wouldn’t mind the new canon, the Rat totally ignoring neither stealing from the Expanded Universe (which he doesn’t acknowledge) if the new “canon” wasn’t so retarded.

“I get it. It’s the same feeling when a TV show you love gets canceled” – no, it’s not because Star Wars wasn’t just cancelled. No, the Expanded Universe was, sort to speak, “banned” and Star Warshas been rewritten into retardation pretty much by twisting and robbing the Expended Universe (please don’t make me analyse Kylo Ren ×D )

“…Sneakers, I mean, shit, if Nike or Reebok release a sneaker and you wear it and you like it, next season that sneaker is already on a burning trashpile in the Pacific Ocean and replaced with the next upgraded model and that model sucks because it’s not the shoe you jolly well fucking liked in the first place, and NOW your brand loyalty for that company is cut off at the knees because they stopped making the thing you like.” – again Star Wars WAS NOT just cancelled or discontinued, so your sneaker comparison sucks and if you wore Converse All-Star, you wouldn’t have to worry about the model being cancelled😀 And no, I don’t have “brand loyalty” (no offence but I’m not that pathetic:) ); for all I care Star Wars could’ve been sold to fucking McDonald’s as long as it wouldn’t be turned into this farce!

May I make a small digression here, and ask you to read What Star Wars has become post if you don’t understand my “McDonald’s” comparison?

“…I have literally no power to make it happen…” – you can, for example, stop writing the new abomination in protests. Hell, if a few other best selling authors were to join you, the Rat’s sales would drop, he wouldn’t make so much money and might even consider “revivifying” the Expended Universe. After all, you did explain yourself pretty well that money is the biggest reason the Rat ain’t gonna move a finger in your caveats:)

“That larger narrative is actually part of the problem for Legends — it’s quite a big deal that, at present, everything coming out regarding Star Wars is connected” – and you seriously expect the new canon to be “well connected” when the stories pile up (I hop they never do, but I’m being realistic here). There’s crap – maybe even bigger crap than in the EU; more retarded, anyway:) – even now.

“If it doesn’t happen, I might encourage you to summon peace with that reality. There does come a point when your energy can best be spent elsewhere. Share your love with other great stories, even if they’re not inside Star Wars. This isn’t me smacking your hand and saying JUST GET OVER IT, LOSERS. But it is vital to recognize the reality that you neither own nor control this stuff, and you still have hundreds of great Legends stories that you can still enjoy. That’s huge. And I know it’s not fair, but life is frequently full of unfair things and part of our skillset as human beings is how we inoculate ourselves against disappointment.” – I do realize it, “loser“, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it, especially if it’s not fair as in the case of relatively good stories being replaced with retarded stories and those retarded stories, the stories that’ve twisted a universe (let’s call it Star Wars:) ) into a retardation only to gain (more) money. Hmm… a little comment in Star Trek vocabulary now: calling Disney “Mickey the Rat” is really wrong and unfair. Such injustice and insensitivity! They should definitely be called “Mickey the Ferengi:)

“Also, hey, you can sorta take ownership and control of the Legends continuity through the power of fan-fiction. Fan-fiction informed me and I don’t look down it. Nor should anybody. It’s a great way to be creative and also continue exploring a narrative universe that either left you behind or you left behind. It allows you to continue engagement with that world. So rad.” – expect that amateur writers will always be …amateur writers.

And in most cases, if someone [let’s call that someone “Mickey the (Ferengi) Rat”:) ] hadn’t (so selfishly) fucked up and then wasn’t ignoring the fucked-up party, there would be no “harassment”. It is the behaviour of the Rat hat is “very bad” and like a real bully, the Rat is twisting his own shit into “the bad behaviour” of others. Now that is just low.

Generally speaking, the caveats are contradictory and wouldn’t even exist if the Rat hadn’t “cancelled” the EU in the first place but, unfortunately, they are true😦

“I also hope some of you stop your worst behaviors and your worst members. Because they have dominated this conversation and poisoned your efforts from within. It’s time to grow up and be better. Demonstrate your desires with love and outreach, not hate and spite. Even if that doesn’t get you what you want, it at least keeps the slate clean and ensures that nobody feels harassed.” – good final words, meaning “go fuck yourselves and do it quietly, you’re not getting anything”:)

“Best of luck”


Posted on April 30th, 2016 at 15:06 GMT
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Chuck Wendig’s open letter

This is just Chuck Wendig’s open letter in case it gets “misplaced”, so you know what I’m responding to in me Open Letter post. You can read the original letter here.

Note: none of this post represents my publishers or the Star Wars universe, and I have literally no special knowledge or power in this regard. All the opinions below represent me, not Del Rey, not Lucasfilm or Disney. Just little old me.

Hi, Expanded Universe / Legends fans.

It’s me. Your pal, Chuck Wendig.

If your emails and tweets and YouTube videos about me are any indication, you care very little for me, and that’s fine. I wish you’d be a little nicer about it, but hey, you do you.

I wanted you know that I saw that thing you did with the billboard, and really, it’s pretty cool. It got you press. It’s a way to demonstrate what you love in a fairly positive way. It shows the power of crowdfunding. One could argue that you might’ve made the same impression or better if you organized the money to go to charity (Force For Change, after all, is a Star Wars-based charity), but what do I know? Thing is, what you did is pretty nifty and it shows the collective power of an engaged, interested fandom.

I talked about this a bit on Twitter yesterday, and I have been accused now and many times before of somehow being a Legends-hater (also: a prequel-hater, apparently). I don’t hate the prequels and I don’t hate Legends (or what was once the Expanded Universe). I loved Zahn’s novels and Stackpole’s, though I never really read much deeper than that because, well, for me, there were other books to read. I didn’t want to be reading Star Wars novels only, and I was a pretty diverse reader across genres. But some folks were and still are fairly deep into the Legends/EU line of stories, and those are stories that linked books and comics and games in a not-quite-canon-flavored way, and that’s honestly kinda great. I want to tell you that I get it. I understand why you want more. Stories have power over us. Star Wars in particular is a storytelling universe that has really enveloped our own — this is pop culture that has threaded its way into our narrative DNA. It’s part of us. The EU came up at a time when we thought we weren’t getting more Star Wars stories. That universe seemed dead, inert, done-zo, and suddenly here comes the start of a whole new universe of stories. Where once there were three movies, suddenly there were dozens — eventually hundreds — of books. And comics. And games.

That single bulk of narrative material outweighs most other universes. One could argue that it even outweighs what we get with the films, at least in terms of sheer storytelling girth. Some of the books were great. Some of them, nnnyeah, okay, maybe not so great. But it was a huge legacy, a massive obelisk of material, and it was worthy of worship.

And then, it came crashing down.

That universal lineage, that massive branch of the Star Wars storytelling tree — it broke off, fell to the ground, and you feel like Disney woodchipped it and shoved the splinters in a box marked “Legends.” Some books ended up cancelled. Some games, too, maybe even comics. Fade to black, and then the curtain parts again and now there are new movies and new books (ahem, Aftermath), and they either ignore the Expanded Universe stories or they pick ideas and characters from them to use now or later.

I get it. It’s the same feeling when a TV show you love gets canceled (looking at you, Firefly). Or when one of the big comic companies takes an entire universe and ends it, or changes it, or reboots it. Shit, I get pissed when Target stops selling a cereal I like, or I discover that a t-shirt or sneaker I like is discontinued. Sneakers, I mean, shit, if Nike or Reebok release a sneaker and you wear it and you like it, next season that sneaker is already on a burning trashpile in the Pacific Ocean and replaced with the next upgraded model and that model sucks because it’s not the shoe you jolly well fucking liked in the first place, and now your brand loyalty for that company is cut off at the knees because they stopped making the thing you like.

So, let me just say: I support you. I hope you get what you want. I have literally no power to make it happen. And I’m sure they wouldn’t hire me for the job anyway because if they hired me to write the Expanded Universe at least a half-dozen of you would probably burn down Disneyland. But I’m all for more stories in the world, and I’m certainly all for more Star Wars stories. Here’s me. Giving you a thumbs-up with a big smile and a glint of hope in my eye.

But, of course, I have some caveats.

The Caveats

1. If it does happen, I’d expect it to be a limited series. “One last trilogy” sort of thing. Again: I have no insider information in this regard, and I have no reason to believe this is even happening. I’m just saying, if it does happen, I would expect it to take the form of a bone thrown in your direction rather than a revivified Legends directive.

2. It also probably won’t happen at all. You need to prepare yourselves for that. The reasons it probably won’t happen are many. For instance:

a) It takes a lot of ecosystem to fire up a new publishing line, and that’s sort of what’s happening here. It takes staff, it takes money, it takes time out of a publishing schedule. Publishing is slow. It’s already understaffed. I speak from experience. This isn’t a case of JUST FLIP THE SWITCH AND BRING BACK LEGENDS. Mountains need to be moved.

b) Right now, Disney has a pretty sweet thing going, and seeing them switch gears — even temporarily — would surprise me. The new movie did huge numbers. The books are selling well — and despite some who want to assure me that Aftermath did not sell well, it, ahh, it really did. It sold big. It lingered on the bestseller charts. I have a very small royalty percentage compared to my other books (most tie-in work offers you no royalties), and even with that truncated royalty, I just got a royalty check that was bigger than some of my advances. I don’t say that to brag (okay, humblebrag, maybe), but just to clarify: the book sold well and continues to sell well even now. So, it’s hard imagining why Disney would have interest in suddenly returning to stories that don’t connect to the larger narrative.

c) That larger narrative is actually part of the problem for Legends — it’s quite a big deal that, at present, everything coming out regarding Star Wars is connected. That’s not true really with anything else, I don’t believe, at least not at this scale. It is all, relatively-speaking, “canon.” To suddenly introduce these other stories that aren’t connected opens Disney up to branding confusion. People yelling at them on social about how they thought Han and Leia had only one kid and is Rey actually Jaina and wait is Kylo and the Knights of Ren in these books and HOLD UP IS MARA JADE REY’S MOM. You’re fans, so you understand the difference. But the average reader doesn’t see the difference. They have a limited view of canon and think that if they pick up a new Star Wars book it’ll probably connect to the movies or the other new books. When that fails, that creates disappointment.

d) It bears repeating: Disney probably wants to avoid branding confusion. At all costs. At least until all the movies are out and that part of the story has been told.

e) You may not have the numbers to demonstrate support for the continuation of Legends. The Indiegogo campaign had 146 backers and raised $4,784. No small feat and really cool. But 146 people is not enough to support a line of books. And 1,146 people isn’t enough. And maybe, 11,146 people wouldn’t do it, either. They want to sell 100,000 copies of a book.

f) A lot of “fan-demanded” projects actually don’t earn out. Serenity eventually made it on DVD, but in the theater, was a bomb. When a TV show comes back based on fan demand, it often ends up getting canceled again anyway because the reality is, core fandom isn’t enough to support big meaty narrative universes. Fandom by its nature represents the most excited members, sure, but most big properties thrive on non-fans — people who don’t want to read 100 other books to understand this one they just bought. Narrower, niche properties can live on the support of fandom. But Star Wars is not a narrow, niche property.

3. If it doesn’t happen, I might encourage you to summon peace with that reality. There does come a point when your energy can best be spent elsewhere. Share your love with other great stories, even if they’re not inside Star Wars. This isn’t me smacking your hand and saying JUST GET OVER IT, LOSERS. But it is vital to recognize the reality that you neither own nor control this stuff, and you still have hundreds of great Legends stories that you can still enjoy. That’s huge. And I know it’s not fair, but life is frequently full of unfair things and part of our skillset as human beings is how we inoculate ourselves against disappointment.

4. Also, hey, you can sorta take ownership and control of the Legends continuity through the power of fan-fiction. Fan-fiction informed me and I don’t look down it. Nor should anybody. It’s a great way to be creative and also continue exploring a narrative universe that either left you behind or you left behind. It allows you to continue engagement with that world. So rad.

The Final Caveat

Many of you are nice and passionate. Thanks for being fans — if not of mine or my work, then of Star Wars in general. It’s a universe under a big, big tent. That’s a good thing.

Sometimes, though, in fandom, passion becomes tainted — shot through with the sepsis of frustration. And further, sometimes fandom attracts people who are, mmm, maybe not the finest specimens of humanity, and when that happens, harassment occurs. As it has occurred amongst the Bring Back Legends movement.

You need to get your house in order.

What I mean is, harassment is not a good way to get what you want. It is, in fact, a very good way to be dismissed. It is a great way to be seen as bullies. And nobody wants to give you more Legends if the way you get it has been by protracted campaigns of harassment or even by rogue members of your campaigns and Facebook groups demonstrating very bad behavior. Some other fans who operate fansites have felt harassed and bullied (for instance: this post at Tosche Station). I’ve seen it in person. I’ve seen it online. I’ve seen what happens at the Star Wars Books public Facebook page (and whoever runs that page has the patience of the saint and is hopefully paid a merciful six figures). Threats to spoil The Force Awakens came out of an Expanded Universe group. This is not unknown. It is real.

I know I’ve been on the end of harassment — not just for the content of Aftermath but sometimes because I am somehow held responsible for having ended the EU, or because I’m not Timothy Zahn or because I supposedly hate Legends, or, or, or. I get emails. People tweet angrily at me every week. I get hate and harassment flooded in my direction just because I wrote a book. It’s not awesome, and it’s certainly not endearing. The public relations manager of the Indiegogo campaign for the billboard made this video about me, which — *whistles* — I don’t even know what to say about that except I hope he’s okay. It is not his only video of… dubious content.

It’s not fun. It’s not funny. It’s harmful to your cause and to the victims who endure. And I know that it’s #NotAllLegendsFans, but that doesn’t really salve the sting of harassment that both fans and professionals have felt.

I hope you get more books. Sincerely. I cheer you on. More stories is more goodness.

I also hope some of you stop your worst behaviors and your worst members. Because they have dominated this conversation and poisoned your efforts from within. It’s time to grow up and be better. Demonstrate your desires with love and outreach, not hate and spite. Even if that doesn’t get you what you want, it at least keeps the slate clean and ensures that nobody feels harassed.

Best of luck.

Comments, sharing and liking are disabled for this post because, as I said, this is just the open letter I’m referring to in me Open letter post.

HRTi

Occasionally a good movie (like Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings😀 ) is airing on Croatian Radio-Television (cro. Hrvatska radiotelevizija – HRT).

The point is that most foreign programming on Croatian TV is subtitled (exceptions are shows for children, which are usually dubbed, and documentaries and foreign news, which are usually voice-overred). That being said, you can enjoy a good movie (maybe a good series😮 ) as long as you understand the original lingo. Since, they’re mostly in English anyway, as long as you understand this post, you’re good to watch movies on Croatian TV😉 All you need outside Croatia is either a satellite dish able to receive Croatian channels …or a stream😀

The only problem with subtitles in Croatia, and other “subtitling” countries I guess, is that subtitles of the main language are sometimes removed when a “foreign” lingo appears in a show. For example, there are no English subtitles for Old Norse, Old English and Old French (and another lingo that might appear) in Vikings, a favourite show of mine.

Well, I don’t know about other channels, but there is a (legal) stream of HRT (1, 2, 3, 4 of which HRT4 is a news channel, so you won’t be interested in that one; while you’re likely to like HRT3 very much if you’re a lover of classic movies because they usually run on HRT3 …at least I think so😀 ). Of course, if you find a stream of another Croatian channel (Bosnian, Serbian and/or Slovenian will also do😀 ), do tell me:) Anyway, streams of HRT are available on HRTi. If you had already clicked on the link, you noticed that the page, and most importantly the (free) registration, is in Croatian. I’m gonna tell you how to register and watch the streams.

So… go to hrti.hrt.hr. Click on PRIJAVA in top right corner.
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NOTE A message HRTi koristi kolačiće (eng. cookies) kako bi vam pružio bolje korisničko iskustvo. Nastavkom pregleda stranice slažete se sa korištenjem kolačića. Pročitajte više! might appear when you’re on HRTi. That’s HRTi politely informing you that the site uses cookies. Just click Zatvori obavijest in the red box.

Now, see Niste registrirani? Registrirajte se besplatno? Click on Registrirajte se.

prijava

The registration form is going to appear.

registration_formFields marked with * must be filled. Enter your name in Ime, enter your surname in Prezime, your email address in Email and the password you’d like to use for HRTi in Lozinka.
If you’re a guy check Muško and Žensko if you’re a gal. Enter your date of birth in Datum rođenja.
EXPLANATION OF THE DATE OF BIRTH: When you click on Datum rođenja, a calendar is going to pop up.
calendarClick on veljača or whatever to get the list of the months (siječanj – January, veljača – February, ožujak – March, travanj – April, svibanj – May, lipanj – June, srpanj – July, kolovoz – August, rujan – September, listopad – October, studeni – November, prosinac – December). Click on Odaberite godinu! to get the list of years. Click on a number in the calendar to select the day.
Click Hrvatska to open a drop-down menu to choose your country. Most countries in Croatian have either a name similar to their international name (e.g. Austria is Austrija) or to their native name (e.g. Hungary is Mađarska, somewhat similar to Hungarian name of Magyarország). If you can’t find your country on the list, just enter your country name into Google Translate and tell Google to translate into Croatian or go to Wikipedia or whatever. Actually, you might wanna do that before search for a country just to save time😉 United States of America does differ a lot and I guess you Yanks are likely to be reading this post, and thus trying HRTi. Anyway, United States (of America) are Sjedinjene (Američke) Države (SAD)😀 Grad is city/town (just enter the closest bigger city to you).
You can also enter your address (in Adresa) and ZIP code (in Poštanski broj).
Before proceeding check Nisam robot and Prihvaćam uvjete korištenja HRTi usluge.
Now just click Registrirajte se in the red box. A message to check your email will pop up, so now you check your e-mail😀
Find an e-mail Potvrdite vašu e-mail adresu from HRTi Korisnička služba <hrtiregistracija@hrt.hr> (check your spam if you don’t find the email in your inbox), open it and scroll down to Potvrdi your@email.com in a red box. Click on it.
emailHRTi will open in your browser, telling you you’re registered. You’re done.

When you go to hrti.hr.hr now, click on PRIJAVA again if you’re not logged in; enter your email in Upišite Vaš email and your password in Upišite Vašu lozinku. Then click on PRIJAVA in the red box.

Now to move your mouse over UŽIVO in the top left corner. A drop-down menu with the list of channels is going to appear. Choose, say HRT2 and a screen like this should appear:

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I guess you should be able to navigate the player. To log out, just move the mouse over your name in top right corner where PRIJAVA used to be (it says MARKO in my case) and click Odjava.

I guess I should say that Croatia is in Central European Time Zone, meaning that prime time is either sometime between 19:00 GMT and 22:00 GMT or sometime between between 18:00 GMT and 21:00 GMT depending on DST. DST in Europe starts on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October (since it’s February now, DST is off and the bold prime time is currently in effect😀 ). True, the stream is a few minutes behind, but that’s negligible.

Enjoy!

P.S. Note that some programming, including a movie now and then might be encoded.


Posted on 21st February 2016 at 00:30 GMT
Use Time Zone Converter to quickly convert the time

Novohrvatski

Tako ja čitam beogradsko izdanje Witchera, ne razumijem riječ i obratim se Googleu, inače svom dobrom prijatelju. On mi pronađe značenje na Hrvatsko jugosfersko srbskom slovaru. Odmah me naziv slovara zaintrigirao. I tako sam malo prošvrljao po njemu.

Ukratko, da ne tupim, ovdje ću zalijepiti komentar o proslovu slovara koji sam poslao autoru:

Dragi moj “mr. sci. dipl. ing.“:

Filozofira li to o hrvatskom jeziku netko tko osim što koristi slovo X, kojeg nema u hrvatskoj abecedi, u riječima poput “tekst i paradoks”, ne zna ni stvoriti pridjev od imenice, pa umjesto “tekstnih procesa”, ima “tekst procese” (ispričavam se, “text procese”)?

Priča li to netko tko trubi o nezavisnosti o korištenju hrvatskih riječi (da, hrvatska riječ je NEOVISNOST jer mi od ničeg ne zavisimo, nego eventualno o nečem ovisimo)? I onda još trubi o nekoj jugosferi, “srbsko-hrvatskom” jeziku i razlici između hrvatskog i srbskog.
Određena slova u prethodnoj rečenici su podebljana da malo naglasim Vašu mr. sci. diplomiranu inženjersku licemjernost. S jedne strane tu je zalaganje za korijenski pravopis što se vidi u negiranju glasovnih promjena u pismu (siguran sam da biste i “prethodnoj”, napisali “predhodnoj”), a s druge strane tu je pak nepridržavanje vlastitog pravila jer ste riječ “razlici” uredno napisali tako – “razlici” – a ne “razliki” što bi zahtijevao pravi korijenski pravopis. Tako biste sigurno i „obrana“ napisali kako se piše iako bi korijenski bila “odbrana”, ali “odbrana” previše podsjeća na srpsku riječ (pardon, mislih “srbsku rieč”) “odbrana”, zar ne?
Tu je i pisanje “vremena”, “vremenom” i sl. Korijenski bi bilo “malo” primjerenije “vrjemena” i “vrjemenom”…

Idemo dalje: Tu je riječ “sport” ili “šport”. Malo istraživanja će vam potvrditi da “sport” nije srpska riječ kao što “šport” hrvatska riječ. “Sport” su Nijemci preuzeli iz engleskog jezika i kako oni sp čitaju /šp/, riječ su počeli izgovarati pogrešno – /šport/ – i kao takvu ju je preuzeo dio Hrvatske (vjerujem da tako naučni mr. sci. dipl. ing. i sam zna da je naša zemlja tijekom povijesti bila rascjepkana), dok je u druge dijelove Hrvatske ipak ušao “sport” u neiskrivljenom obliku. Zato su danas prihvatljiva oba oblika zapravo iste riječi, pa nije bilo ni potrebe mijenjati naziv ministarstva, je li? Ako ćemo baš cjepidlačiti, “sport” je primjereniji korijenskom pravopisu jer je to izvorni oblik. Usput budi rečeno, većina Hrvata danas kaže /sport/ i zašto ih činiti nepismenima?

Prijeđimo na slovo Đ. Ono nije uvedeno zbog neke srpske urote i zavjere. Istina, lingvist koji ga je uveo je bio Srbin i to Srbin koji se zalagao za zajednički hrvatskosrpski jezik. Znači, logika je da je slovo namijenio i za Hrvate i za Srbe. No, izbacimo sad narodnost i jezike. Bez obzira je li slovo namijenjeno za srpski, hrvatskosrpski ili hrvatski, činjenica je da je se slova D i J često pojavljuju zajedno, odnosno da digraf dj nije baš pogodan za glas /đ/. Zapravo, slovo je korisnije hrvatskom jer se dj često pojavljuje u jekavici (npr. “djeca”). Još da onda koristite logiku i je pišete ie kao i ije ili možda umjesto ije, ne bi dolazilo do konflikata (npr. “dieca”), ali logika je očito prezahtjevna za Vas… Baš zbog korištenja ekavice u Srbiji, odnosno mnogo manje dj konflikata, tamo se digraf često koristi i kada je Đ dostupno (pri pisanju latinice, naravno). U svakom slučaju, digraf je znatno korišteniji u Hrvatskoj, gdje mnogi ljudi Đ zamjenjuju običnim D, nego u Srbiji:)

Spomenuo bih rječnik prof. Brodnjaka. Jednostavna i notorna laž je da je rječnik “nestao”. Lako ga možete kupiti u Super knjižari. Također, svaka prominentna znanstvena ustanova ga ima na svojim policama. Postoje samo dva problema kod rječnika: Prvi je da je najnovije izdanje iz 1993., odnosno da rječnik nije ažuriran već dvanaest godina! A ne znam ni kad je ovo zadnje izdanje zadnji put tiskano. Drugi problem je, što tražeći što veći broj različitih riječi, mnoge riječi u rječniku se koriste u hrvatskom i to čak dosta često – sasvim sigurno nam nisu potrebna objašnjenja njihovih značenja – dok s druge strane, mnogo, vjerojatno rjeđih, srpskih riječi nema. To sam uočio čitajući srpske tekstove, zbog kojih sam i kupio rječnik. Često nailazim na riječi kojih u rječniku nema.
Također, naziv rječnika je rječnik, a ne slovar. Na Vaš jugosferski rječnik sam naišao tražeći riječ iz knjige beogradskog izdavača. U biti, kad sam vidio da sam naišao na slovar i da je slovar Hrvatsko jugosfersko srbski, bio sam uvjeren da sam naišao na slovenski rječnik, kojim Slovenci objašnjavaju hrvatske i srpske riječi, kad već ni Hrvati ni Srbi neće. Poanta je da je naziv slovar zavaravanje protivnika.

Lijepi pozdrav,
Ime i prezime

Potom je uslijedio odgovor na moj mail. No, prije nego i njega zalijepim, htio bih reći nešto čega sam se sjetio u međuvremenu.

Radi se o nazivu ministarstva. Kad smo se već dotakli Ministarstva športa, naziv tog ministarstva mi uopće ne smeta kao što sam protiv promjene naziva Ministarstva športa jer za to nema nikakve potrebe Međutim nikako ne razumijem promjenu naziva Ministarstva zdravstva u Ministarstvo zdravlja. Što je zdravlje, a što zdravstvo? Zdravlje je stanje tijela, a zdravstvo je djelatnost zaštite zdravlja. Budući da ministarstvo nije nikakvo tijelo, barem ne u organskom smislu, a u ono je nadležno za djelatnosti zaštite zdravlja i zapravo upravlja njima, promjena naziva nikako nije opravdana. Reći ćete da je ovakvo filozofiranje oko naziva ministarstva beskorisno. Slažem se i jednostavno ne vidim zašto se ispravan naziv mijenjao u pogrešan i pitam se kome je tako bistra ideja uopće pala na pamet…

Još da nadodam, kad već cjepidlačimo, da je i sam naziv slovara netočan čak i kada se koristi korijenski pravopis. Naime, naziv bi trebao biti Hrvatsko-jugosfersko-srbski ili eventualno bez crtica: Hrvatski jugosferski srbski slovar

Mkay, znači naš mr. sci. dipl. ing. mi je odgovorio i ovo je njegov odgovor:

Štovani gospodine

Rado se upuštam u razpravu sa svakim tko je dobronamjeran i spreman je na razpravu “ad rem”, a ne “ad hominem”, jer svaka dobronamjerna i argumentirana primjedba mi je uviek dobro došla. Na žalost, vi me od samog početka vaše poruke nastojite ironično omalovažiti i uvriediti, pa stoga nikakova razprava s vama nema smisla.

Samo Vi živite u svojim jugoslavenskim snovima. Ali, na Vašu žalost Jugoslavije Vam više nema i nikad se neće vratiti.

Na to sam mu poslao sljedeći odgovor:

Štovani,

činjenica je da nemate protuargumenata. Ja sam svoje stavove iznio argumentirano i logički. To što su vaši u ovoj temi stavovi nelogični i licemjerni, ne znači da moji nisu argumentirani. Dobronamjernost je već druga priča. Moji argumenti sasvim sigurno nisu zlonamjerni. Bili su iskreni.Sad što su stavovi u slovaru nelogični i licemjerni, nije moja krivica. Srećom, ni ja nisam za neke razprave, nego više preferiram rasprave… i nemam potrebu za korištenjem stranih, uključujući latinske, frazama.

Što se “Jugoslavije” tiče, bez ikakve uvrede, stvarno je prebijedno nekoga povezivati s Jugoslavijom čim nemate protuargumenata [da, povezivanje s Jugoslavijom nije nikakav (utemeljen) protuargument]. Molim Vas da mi objasnite, zašto bi logika i realnost bile “jugoslavenske”. To više doliči “manje obrazovanim” ljudima, dokazujete da titule ništa ne znače, osim busanja njima (i latinskim izrazima, naravno:) ).

Moram priznati da je zanimljivo Jugoslavija se “meni” nikada više neće vratiti, a pola proslova slovara je posvećeno “pojugoslaviranju” hrvatskog jezika i Hrvatske. Još jedna velika logičnost…
Inače, Ustav RH izričito zabranjuje udruživanje RH s drugim zemljama koje bi na bilo koji način moglo rezultirati formiranjem nove južnoslavenske države, tako da smo relativno “sigurni” od nove Jugoslavije :)

Na kraju ću vam reći kako je vaša tvrdnja o tome da ja živim ili bih živio u “jugoslavenskim snovima” preočita laž, ma koliko je vi željeli prikazati istinitom, ili još, gore vjerujete u nju, ali je činjenica da ja pišem ispravnim hrvatskim pravopisom dok je vaš, nazovimo ga korijenski, pravopis čista želja. Čak i da se uvede korijenski pravopis (ako većina tako želi, tko sam ja da to ne prihvatim?), vjerujem da neće biti ovako licemjeran da sve pišemo korijenski, osim onoga što se nekom ne sviđa.

Lijepi pozdrav,
Ime i prezime

To je valjda kraj naše korespondencije, ali bumo videli …rekli su slepci😀

Što se tiče samog slovara, odnosno rječnika, on je koristan. Na stranu što je pisan “novohrvatskim”, obuhvaća hrvatskosrpski vokabular – znači i hrvatske i srpske i zajedničke nam riječi (npr. pod hrvatskim jasno piše kazalište, a pod srbskim pozorište tako da je Srbinu jasno ko dan da je kazalište pozorište, a Hrvatu da je pozorište kazalište:) ). U kratko, Jugosferski slovar je rječnik kakvog nemaju muda napraviti ni lingvisti s ove ni lingvisti s one strane Save, Dunava i Drine.


Objavljeno 3. XI. 2015. navečer u 8:43